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Father. Here He says, “Holy Father” and   of obedience. “If ye know these things,
        “Righteous Father.” In John 6:57 He says,   happy [blessed] are ye if ye do them”
        “Living Father.” Six times He refers to our   (Joh 13:17). The Lord Jesus also wants
        “Heavenly Father” (Mat 6:14,26,32; 15:13;   us to have the joy of answered prayer:
        18:35; Luk 11:13). New Testament writers   “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my
        refer to attributes characteristic of God:   name, he will give it you. Hitherto have
        “Father of mercies” (2Co 1: 3), “Father of   ye asked nothing in my name” (16:23,24).
        spirits” (Heb 12:9), and “Father of lights”   He had not taught them before to ask in
        (Jas 1:17).                           His name; but now He was about to leave
          We read in verse 12, “Those that thou   them, so He instructs them to ask in His
        gavest me I have kept, and none of them   name. Asking in His name is not just add-
        is lost, but the son of perdition; that the   ing “in the Lord Jesus’ name” to the end
        scripture might be fulfilled.” This does not   of our prayers. It implies asking according
        mean that Judas was one of those given to   to His will, that is, asking for things for
        the Son by the Father (that is, that he was   which He Himself would ask His Father
        a genuine believer). Judas was not com-  if He were still here on earth. “Ask, and
        pelled to betray Christ to fulfill Scripture,   ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”
        but he himself chose to betray Christ and   (16:24). God Himself is concerned that all
        thus the Scripture was fulfilled. In fact,   of God’s people have the joy of fellowship
        there is evidence, or a suggestion at least,   with the Father and the Son. “These things
        in Scripture that the Lord warned him   write we unto you, that your joy may be
        and did not desire that Judas should turn   full” (1Jn 1:4).
        from Him and perish as a consequence.
        God is to be feared. As the old hymn says,   In verse 16 the Lord repeats what He
        “There is a line that is drawn … between   had said in verse 14: “They are not of the
        God’s patience and His wrath.” Mercy is   world, even as I am not of the world.”
        not always available to those who hesitate   How sad that, if when the Lord says this
        to commit their souls to Him for salvation.  twice about His own, any of us should act
          The Lord Jesus says in verse 13, “These   as if we were still part of the world! We are
        things I speak in the world, that they   exhorted: “Be not conformed to this world:
        might have my joy fulfilled in them-  but be ye transformed by the renewing of
        selves.” Then He gives us the means of His   your mind” (Rom 12:2).
        joy: “I have given them thy word” (v14).   William MacDonald’s comments on
        “But his delight is in the law of the Lord”   verse 17 are commendable: “To sanctify
        (Psa 1:2). “I rejoice at thy word, as one that   means to set apart. The Word of God has
        findeth great spoil …. Great peace have   a sanctifying effect on believers. As they
        they which love thy law: and nothing shall   read it and obey it, they are set apart as
        offend [stumble] them” (119:162,165).   vessels suitable for the Master’s use.” This
        “Thy words were found, and I did eat   is exactly what our Lord Jesus was pray-
        them; and thy word was unto me the joy   ing for in this verse. He wanted a people
        and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jer 15:16).  set apart to God and usable by God. Jesus
          The joy of our Lord Jesus was in the   said, “Thy word is truth.” He did not say
        Word of God, and He was concerned     (as so many do today), “The word contains
        for the eleven and for us to have His joy   truth,” but “thy word is truth.”

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